Sharing My Gratitude List: A Few Things to Celebrate

By:

  • Kathy Maness
November 25, 2020

It’s been a long year and as we mark Thanksgiving, I’ve been reflecting on all that we have endured this year.  

I started the year with a new practice: adopting a word for my year. This year’s word: JOY. That almost seemed ironic by the time we got to June as we struggled with a global pandemic, economic recession, and social unrest. But I have to tell you, I am someone who tries to find the good in everything.  

And so, I found reasons to be joyful in the last few months. And as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving – although a little different this year, I want to share my Grateful List. And encourage you to make your own list of things that you are grateful for.  And please feel free to share.  

So here are just a few things I am grateful for: 

My Family: My husband has always been so supportive of my work and time as a local elected official. I still remember us buckling our young son into his car seat as I canvassed, and door knocked for my first election. My fellow electeds, and especially women electeds, know campaigning is never easy. But it can be a little easier with the support of loved ones. And this year, as I have helped my Town of Lexington respond to COVID-19, I am grateful to my family who has been patient and committed to my dedication to this work.  

My Community: I love the Town of Lexington. It is where my children grew up and the town’s residents have been just like family.  I am honored to serve the people of Lexington and I am grateful for the love we demonstrate as a community in pulling through this time together.  

NLC Members: This year, I am particularly grateful for my NLC members and the honor you have bestowed allowing me to lead as your president. We have been through a lot this year, but I am so proud of each local leader across this country for their resilience and commitment. You have been the backbone to keeping people safe and fighting for our small businesses and our residents. Thank you! 

So, I want to encourage you to hold a family member a little closer this week, remember to tell someone you love them. And remember, there is always something to be joyful about.  

I wish all my NLC family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  

About the Author

Kathy Maness

About the Author

Kathy Maness is NLC’s President. She is a councilmember in Lexington, South Carolina.